Sitting hours for this week

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This week in the House

Week beginning Monday 27 March 2017

Sitting week beginning Monday 27 March 2017 — 5th House sitting week of the 45th Parliament’s 2017 autumn sittings.

This page summarises matters expected to be considered by the House of Representatives and its Federation Chamber. It is updated weekly during sittings. For a full report of the business dealt with, including a list of documents presented, go to the Votes and Proceedings. To read the debates, including question time, go to Hansard.

For details about the proposed program of business for each sitting of the House and Federation Chamber and that sitting’s public hearings of House and joint committees go to the House Daily Program (usually available at least 1 hour before the House is scheduled to meet).

This week the House is expected to sit on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in a pattern similar to that described in the Infosheet 'A typical sitting day'.

The Federation Chamber is also expected to meet on Monday (from 10.30am to 1.30pm and from 4pm to 9pm), Tuesday (from 4pm to 7.30pm), Wednesday (from 9.30am to 1pm and from 4pm to 7.30pm) and on Thursday (from 9.30am to approximately 1pm).

For details about House and Federation Chamber standard hours see the order of business diagram at http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Chamber_documents/HoR/Order_of_Business

Real time tracking of business done by the House and the Federation Chamber

You can track each item of business as it is being done in the House Chamber and the Federation Chamber by using the “LiveMinutes” service.

You can see proceedings of the House and the Federation Chamber via the webcasts at www.aph.gov.au/Watch_Read_Listen.

Legislation

For information on how laws are made go to 'Making Laws', and for the text of each bill go to Billsnet after the Bill is introduced.

On Monday in the House at 10.10am the following bills are expected to be introduced:

  • Banking Amendment (Establishing an Effective Code of Conduct) Bill 2017 — Mr Wilkie (Ind, Denison, Tas)
  • People of Australia's Commission of Inquiry (Banking and Financial Services) Bill 2017 — Mr Katter (KAP, Kennedy, Qld)

Government bills are expected to be introduced into the House this week. These bills will be listed on the House Daily Program and the text of each bill will be available on ParlInfo after they are introduced.

Details of bills to be introduced are not available prior to their introduction.

In the House during the week it is planned to resume debate on the following Government bills already introduced (note – these plans may change as the week unfolds, especially if some of the bills listed below are referred to the Federation Chamber by the House):

Monday

  • Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016
  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2016
  • Biosecurity Amendment (Ballast Water and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Tuesday

  • Disability Services Amendment (Linking Upper Age Limits for Disability Employment Services to Pension Age) Bill 2017
  • Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment (Polar Code) Bill 2017
  • Crimes Amendment (Penalty Unit) Bill 2017
  • Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017
  • Personal Property Securities Amendment (PPS Leases) Bill 2017

Wednesday

  • Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2017
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Seasonal Worker Incentives for Jobseekers) Bill 2017
  • Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017
  • Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017
  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (International Crime Cooperation and Other Measures) Bill 2016

Thursday

  • Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017
  • Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Defence Force) Bill 2016

In the Federation Chamber it is planned to resume debate on the following Government business matters and Committee and Delegation Reports:

Tuesday - To be confirmed
Wednesday - To be confirmed
Thursday - To be confirmed

Committee and delegation reports and statements and private Members’ motions

On Monday at 10.10, the following committee report is expected to be presented and statements made:

  • Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources — Mr Wilson (Lib, O’Connor, WA) — Safe keeping: Inquiry into the biosecurity of Australian honey bees

On Monday at 10.20, the following delegation report is expected to be presented and a statement made:

  • Report of the Parliamentary Delegation to the Twenty-fifth Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Natadola, Fiji, 15–19 January 2017

On Monday at 10.45am, the following private Members’ business will be debated in the House:

  • Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay) Bill 2017 — Mr Shorten (ALP, Maribyrnong , Vic)
  • Tuberculosis — Mr Entsch (Lib, Leichhardt, Qld)

At approximately 11.00am the following private Member’s motions will be debated in the Federation Chamber:

  • Multiculturalism — Mr Perrett (ALP, Moreton, Qld)
  • Water infrastructure — Ms Landry (Nat, Capricornia, Qld)
  • Penalty rates and low paid workers — Ms Lamb (ALP, Longman, Qld)
  • Supporting small businesses — Mr Evans (Lib, Brisbane, Qld)

At approximately 4.45pm on Monday the following private Member’s motions will be debated in the Federation Chamber.

  • The Global Gag Rule — Dr Leigh (ALP, Fenner, ACT)
  • Victoria and law and order— Mr Crewther (Lib, Dunkley, Vic)
  • Proposed Minister for Young People — Ms Sharkie (NXT, Mayo, SA)
  • Australia and the United States — Mr Ted O’Brien (Lib, Fairfax, Qld)
  • Hazelwood power station closure — Ms Chesters (ALP, Bendigo, Vic)
  • Illegal firearms trafficking — Mr Goodenough (Lib, Moore, WA)

Auditor-General’s reports

2016-17 reports of the Auditor-General will be presented after question time on Tuesday and further reports may be presented on other days.

Matters of Public Importance

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after question time, in accordance with the House's standing orders, it is possible for the House to discuss a matter of public importance (MPI). If an MPI is proposed by a Member, and is in order, the subject of the MPI will be announced shortly after midday on each of these days and published on the House's website. If more than one MPI is proposed the Speaker will decide which MPI is the most urgent and important to be submitted to the House that day. There will be no MPI on Tuesday because the debate on the condolence motion will take precedence.

Grievance debate

In accordance with standing orders Grievance Debate is held on sitting Tuesdays in the Federation Chamber. At no later than 6.30pm debate is resumed on the question ‘That grievances be noted’ and debate ensues for one hour. Debate on the question is practically unlimited in scope, giving Members the opportunity, in 10 minute speeches, to raise matters in which they have a particular interest or to discuss complaints of constituents.

Petitions

This week Members' may present petitions during the time reserved for Members' Statements in the House and the Federation Chamber, during the Adjournment Debates of the House and the Federation Chamber.

For more details about petitioning the House of Representatives see the petitions webpage.

For details about House and Federation Chamber debate times see the order of business diagram.

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